Hi again everyone!
We’re happy to share that the manufacturing run is drawing to a close and the Mk. III prototype Hardlight Suits should leave the factory this week!
Hardlight Suits under construction at the factory in Shenzhen.
Pallets of Hardlight Suits ready to be shipped out to backers and preorder customers.
As promised, we’ve got some more information for you about how all this will work:
For our backers and customers in the US, suits will be shipped in bulk to our warehouse in California, and we’ll ship them out individually from there. We expect the bulk shipping to take a couple (2-3) weeks, but once they reach the US, delivery from the warehouse should be <1 week.
For those outside the US, we’ll be shipping from Hong Kong, which means shipping TO the warehouse will only take a few days, but your individual deliveries may take a bit longer–around 2 weeks. We’ll keep you updated if things change, and as we have more accurate dates to share.
Hardlight VR Announces First Permanent Price Drop, Makes The Hardlight Suit the VR Market’s Most Affordable Haptic Suit
Hardlight VR Announces First Permanent Price Drop,
Makes The Hardlight Suit the VR Market’s
Most Affordable Haptic Suit
Seattle, WA (January 4, 2018) – Hardlight VR has announced the first ever price drop of their highly anticipated Hardlight Suit. Previously, the upper-body haptic feedback suit had been for sale at price points of $630 USD for consumers and $1,100 USD for commercial users. Today, the company has announced a permanent base price reduction to $299.99 for all users, with an additional license fee for commercial entities of $9.99 per month (or $99.99 for one year).
“Making the suit more approachable from a price standpoint has always been a long-term goal of ours,” said CEO Lucian Copeland. “We were able to reach the production milestones that made this possible earlier than expected, and we’re enthusiastic about the opportunity to introduce haptics to a much wider audience with this new pricing.”
“One of our paramount goals is to keep the Hardlight Suit strong well into the future.” said Hardlight’s Founder Morgan Sinko. “As eager as we are to get the suits out to people, we know all this effort would be wasted if we couldn’t deliver what we intended: a robust, superior quality haptic suit with a long lifespan. That’s why we’re putting so much effort into making the Hardlight Suit as accessible and robust a platform as possible, and a lower price point will help those efforts immensely.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to our Kickstarter backers for having gotten us this far” said Head of Product Jordan Brooks. “That initial burst of funding and enthusiasm for the project is what allowed us to create relationships with overseas manufacturers, make design upgrades to the suit, and ultimately pave the road to the mass-scale production. We could not have done it without their support in getting Hardlight through the prototype and design iteration phases.”
Hardlight Suits have begun shipping to Kickstarter backers and preorders at its new price are available now for delivery in March/April.
These are very exciting days here at NullSpace HQ. We’re hard at work getting all of the specs finalized for manufacturing and continuing to get as many of your preorders in as possible before we have to cut off the first run of suits.
We’re currently awaiting a new build of Sairento (one of our favorite Hardlight Suit experiences so far!) and finalizing even more partnerships with game developers. That means we’ll have some awesome new titles to announce very soon! Our plan was to have a whole bunch of the best VR titles be totally Hardlight integrated by the time backers receive their suits, and so far that plan has been going absolutely swimmingly!
We’ve also been busy experimenting with some fun new VR things. We’re as anxious as everyone else for VR to finally go fully wireless, so we wanted to see if we could advance the cause a bit, at least on our own scale. We hooked our HTC Vive up to our trusty Zotac VR backpack PC and connected a Hardlight Suit to an external battery and VOILA!
As you can see from the video, it was a truly excellent experience and a really exciting preview of where VR is headed. Soon we’ll all be able to get our virtual frolic on untethered by nests of tangled cables!
If you haven’t preordered your suit, or you have and want to add on some fun things like a t-shirt or a wireless module, don’t forget to check out our BackerKit store to get in on the first run of suits!
Check it out! Our COO, Lucian runs through some of the awesome haptic effects integrated into Swagsoft’s amazing SAIRENTO VR. It’s one of our favorite Hardlight Suit experiences so far, so we’re really excited for people to get to try it out!